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Fashion magazines displayed and styled as part of Fashion Communications research at Glasgow Clyde College
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Year (August to June)

Please note places on this course are now for a waiting list

Have you always wanted to know how to create a fashion magazine, plan a fashion show, turn your social media skills into an exciting career, or predict consumer and lifestyle trends? This course offers you the opportunity to explore the communication of fashion through styling, photography and marketing. Throughout the course you will learn how understand fashion consumers and how to use different media to communicate successfully.

What will I learn?

The HND Fashion Communication course is based on project and studio work and covers fashion communication, social media, drawing, design development, pattern drafting, marketing, photography and manufacturing skills.

In year one, you will learn design development, CAD design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture using industrial methods and how to communicate this through fashion.  

In year 2, you will become more independent in your approach to learning. You will work on personal research and other projects using both traditional and digital media to illustrate/communicate your ideas. You will take your designs through to a final collection and be encouraged to challenge tried-and-tested methods of fashion communication, preparing you for moving on to university or directly into employment.  

The course covers:  

  • Fashion styling, imagery and branding 
  • Visual communication  
  • Journalism, feature writing 
  • Magazine layout 
  • Fashion illustration  
  • Fashion forecasting and research
  • Business communications  
  • Digital skills, adobe photoshop and illustrator  
  • Pattern development  
  • Industrial sewing techniques.  

Progression from year 1 to year 2 of the HND is not guaranteed and is dependent on suitable progression through course work, as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.  

Check out our School of Fashion and Textiles website 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher at C pass or above in an art-related subject e.g. Art & Design/Fashion & Textiles or are working towards this qualification  
  • Applications will be considered from those that do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the Textile/Fashion/ Design industry
  • Relevant National Qualification or a Foundation/ Modern Apprenticeship. 

Entry requirements for the BSc Fashion Technology Articulation Plus, Heriot-Watt Pathway:

  • Will be through an application/ interview process

  • Completion of HND Fashion Technology with a A /B Graded Unit result. 

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

You will have the opportunity to participate in live industry projects within the fashion industry - recent sponsors include Quiz, Green Thomas, Trak, Evergreen, Kestin Hare.

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.  Successful HND Fashion Design students can progress to year 3 of the BA (HONS) Fashion and Textile Design degree programme. The award achieved by doing this course is HND Fashion Design and Manufacture which will still be applicable.  

Entry will be dependent on:  

  • Satisfactory completion of the above HND  
  • Grade A in the Graded Unit  
  • Attendance at interview  
  • Portfolio review  

An ‘Articulation+’ agreement is in place with Heriot Watt University. This agreement guarantees up to five places. Students can apply directly to the university for progression into the 3rd year of the following programmes:  

  • BA(Hons) Fashion Design  
  • BA(Hons) Fashion Communication  
  • BA(Hons) Fashion Marketing and Retailing  
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology

Jobs and further study

HND Fashion Design / Communication students’ progress to a number of degree courses across the UK. Offers for direct entry to university are subject to satisfactory progress, portfolio, and reference. Graduates could progress on to: 

  • 2nd year entry to BA Communication Design at Heriot-Watt University 
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion Branding and Promotion at Heriot-Watt University 
  • 3rd year entry to BA International Fashion Branding at Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • 2nd year entry to Fashion Management Course at Robert Gordon University 
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion Branding and Communications at Birmingham City University 
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion Communications at UWE Bristol 
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion Communications at Northumbria University 
  • 3rd year BSc. Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification Strathclyde University 
  • Modern Apprenticeship within the textile sector. 
  • In addition, students have gone onto self-employment or employment in the fashion industry. 

Glasgow Clyde College recent HND Fashion Design graduates include: 

Designer at Urban Outfitters 

Small Business Owner  

Menswear Designer for H&M

Junior designer menswear at Gianni Versace S.P.A 

Apparel Designer for footasylum 

Designer at Alexander McQueen 

Junior designer with Quiz 

Designer at Under Armour 

Junior Designer at LF Fashion 

Menswear Designer at H&M 

Design lead at Hyper Island, Stockholm

Developer with Spoke 

Crowd Costume Coordinator at Left Bank Pictures Ltd 

Designer Paulin Watches 

Check out My World of Work information about Fashion Design 

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an information session - At the information session you will be given additional information about your course, have a tour of the facilities and meet the staff. It is essential that you attend this session.  
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, your application has been reviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your application review, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your application has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in by June 2024.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291